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1. New Window
Instead of “Workspaces,” just call them Windows. Some windows have tabs, and some windows do not have tabs.
2. Selected Module
Has a thick, dark border around it. Also, the selected module has a small cog icon in the upper right corner. When clicked, this cog brings up the options to rotate the module, change viewing options, show module info, etc.
Library Window and Resources Pallet become one thing. Items can be dragged and dropped into the window, or right clicked and opened in a new window. The cog in the bottom left corner of the window is used to edit and rearrange the items in the Library.
Give Accordance an iTunes-like store. Clicking this changes the window into a web-store, from which modules can be purchased, downloaded, updated, and added to the Library. As evidenced by the success of Apple's iTunes Store, people are more likely to make purchases if it's just a couple clicks away. Ideally, as soon as someone clicks "buy," Accordance should take care of the rest.
5. Full Screen
Clicking this, removes the Sidebar, Toolbar, etc and enlarges the entire window to full screen. Much like editing a photo with iPhoto or Aperture. The Instant Details panel would be viewable as a HUD.
Works very much like Safari’s new Reader feature. Takes the selected module, enlarges it to fill the whole window, and formats it into easily readable text. Truly makes Accordance a great e-reader.
7. Search All
Opens a separate, special “Search All” window. Clicking an item you’ve found opens it in a new window.
8. User Notes
Opens a right sidebar containing all user notes.
Obviously, there are still some things missing, and I'm clearly not a graphic designer, but this is where I'd love to see Accordance heading in the future. Now, this arrangement probably doesn't suit some users, however I think the tradeoff for a UI which is less cluttered and redundant would be worth it. Also, I hope I don't step on anyone's toes with this post. Like I already said, I love Accordance and this is just me brainstorming ways to make it even better.
Edited by Rick, 25 September 2010 - 04:07 PM.